Thursday, October 11, 2012

Words of Comfort: Atheists and Pizza

Late last month I was a speaker at the Creation Museum in San Diego, where there were more than 40 atheists protesting outside in the sweltering high 90 degree weather. When I invited them inside for free pizza in air conditioning saying it was exclusively for atheists, all of them came in. We then had a wonderful hour or so of Q & A, which they kindly gave me permission to film (we will make this available in the near future).

Afterwards an atheist asked me who--according to the Bible, purchased the Potter's Field. I told him that it was the Pharisees (see Matthew 27:6-10). When he said that there was a contradiction in Scripture because the Bible also says that it was Judas who purchased it, I said, "I will give you $100 if he did." He then pointed to Peter's words in Acts 1:18 (referring to Judas): "Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity..." I gave him $100, because Scripture does say "This man purchased a field." He was thrilled and so was I--that I hadn't said $1,000. He was right about what Scripture says, but he was wrong about it being a contradiction.

In 1994, when Bill Gates purchased the diary of Leonardo da Vinci for more than $30 million, he wasn't at the auction. Someone who was there purchased it "by proxy"--in his name using his money. Yet we say that Bill Gates purchased the diary. The Field of Blood was obviously purchased by proxy by the Chief Priests, using Judas' 30 pieces of silver, and the acquisition was made in his name. This is just another example of a "seeming" contradiction, and those who think that they have found a mistake are making one.